Compare Restoril vs. amoxapine

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Restoril
(temazepam)

Asendin
(amoxapine)

Helps you relax and sleep. Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.Stabilizes your mood. While Asendin (amoxapine) can treat depression, you have to take it several times a day and it can make you feel sleepy.
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5.29Restoril
Reviews for Restoril (temazepam)
65%
of people (All ages) say Restoril (temazepam) is worth it
55%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
Restorilamoxapine

We haven’t found good data for Restoril side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Restoril »
  • Drowsiness or fatigue 14%
  • Dry mouth 14%
  • Constipation 12%
  • Vision changes 7%
More amoxapine side effects »
How it works
Restorilamoxapine
Restoril (Temazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain to calm down your nervous system, helping you sleep and be less anxious.Asendin (amoxapine) is a tricyclic antidepressant. It increases the activity of serotonin and norepinephrine in your brain which regulate your mood.
Type of medication
Restorilamoxapine
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
Restorilamoxapine
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
Restorilamoxapine
Risk factors for serious side effects
Restorilamoxapine
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking with other drugs that acts in the brain
    • Age 65 or older
    Detailed Restoril (temazepam) risks & warnings »
    • People under age 24
    • Glaucoma
      • Taking antidepressants
      • Taking opioids for pain relief or medicines for anxiety
      • Over age 65
      Detailed Asendin (amoxapine) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

      Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Alcohol
      Restorilamoxapine
      • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
      No alcohol related info.
      Food
      Restorilamoxapine
      No food related info.
      • Take Asendin (amoxapine) with food to avoid stomach upset.
      Sleep
      Restorilamoxapine
      • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
      • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
      • Restoril (Temazepam) can make you dizzy and drowsy, especially when combined with alcohol and many other medicines that acts in your brain. It is not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
      • You can feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
      Upsides and benefits
      Restorilamoxapine
      • Helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
      • Can be helpful to reduce anxiety.
      • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
      • Asendin (amoxapine) can be used to treat more severe forms of depression.
      • Compared to similar medicines, Asendin (amoxapine) improves the mood in depression more quickly.
      • Asendin (amoxapine) is available as generic.
      Downsides and risks
      Restorilamoxapine
      • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
      • Your body can get used to Restoril (Temazepam) and it may not work as well long-term.
      • It's not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
      • Can't be used by pregnant women since it'll cause harm to the baby.
      • If it's used everyday for more than 2 to 4 weeks and you decide to stop taking Restoril (Temazepam), you'll need to work with your doctor to slowly get off the drug to avoid extra side effects.
      • Asendin (amoxapine) is not a first choice medicine for depression because of side effects.
      • In some people, Asendin (amoxapine) can stop working as early as 2-3 months after you start taking it.
      • Not recommended in older people, children under 16, or people who've had a history of seizures.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      Restorilamoxapine
      • Use only as needed when you can't sleep.
      • Starts working within 45 minutes.
      • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
      • Take it only if you can get a full night's rest.
      • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
      • Tell your doctor if you notice any changes to your memory or mood.
      • You can feel very tired or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
      • You might not notice any changes in your mood for at least a few weeks.
      • Take Asendin (amoxapine) with food to avoid stomach upset.
      • You're more likely to be dehydrated and constipated. Drink plenty of fluids and be careful not to get overheated if you're out in the sun.
      • Don't stop taking Asendin (amoxapine) without talking to your doctor. Stopping Asendin (amoxapine) suddenly can be very dangerous.
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